Since, it’s that time of the year again, it is so important to make the most of your money that you have spent on going to the fair this year. Take a look at some good tips and freebies at the State Fair of Texas.
Tying the State Fair of Texas’ 2010 “super-sized fun” theme to the upcoming Super Bowl in Arlington was no-brainer.
From the Tom Landry exhibit to the newest college game in Fair Park — Texas Tech/Baylor — football will be a front-row attraction during the 24-day run.
Of course, scoring a seat for one of the three college games scheduled to take place at the Cotton Bowl during the fair can take a super-size wallet. And even if you give the gridiron a miss, the cost of rides, fried foods and stuffed pandas can make fans lose their appetite faster than a trip on the Crazy Mouse.
But visitors can start saving money by purchasing tickets online instead of paying full price at the gate. And once through the turnstiles, it is possible to keep your wallet on a leash and still have a good time, despite the call of the corny dogs. Here’s a no-frills guide to some of the freebies that can help make the whole event a pretty fair deal.
1Everyone loves a parade
Catch the opening-day parade at noon Friday in downtown Dallas. Check the http://www.bigtex.com for the route.
2Get revved up
Kick the tires at the auto show. They bill it as the biggest new car and truck show in the Southwest, and with 300,000 square feet of new vehicles, who can argue? Naturally, this being Texas, there’s a special outdoors truck zone. No extra charge to get a whiff of that new-car aroma.
If you like vintage iron, there’s also a rotating showcase of older rides in the Classic Corral, on the lawn behind the Museum of Nature & Science. The Lone Star Cougar Club is slated to be the star of Friday’s show. The North Texas Mustangs are scheduled Saturday.Also on the schedule for corral appearances: Lone Star Jeeps; Lone Star Miata; United Lowriders and more. Check http://www.bigtex.com.
Or take a spin on the Chevrolet Test Track, where you can get behind the wheel of a new Cruze, Camaro, Equinox, Malibu, Silverado HD or Traverse in East Park Plaza.
3Back to nature
Check out the Greenhouse on the midway. There’s a Southern Living Speaker Series and plant collection, Texas Garden Railway and pumpkin-carving pro, plus the Mossy Rock Zydeco Gator Band, exotic birds and more.
4Elvis has not left the building
At the 1956 fair, thousands of fairgoers saw a young Elvis perform. The King is gone, but standout Elvis tribute artist Kraig Parker, along with dozens of others, is lined up for a Main Stage appearance. In addition to the Pointer Sisters and Collective Soul, the Quebe Sisters, the Eli Young Band, Josh Abbott Band, Laura Belly Bundy, the Kildares and more are bringing free entertainment to the fair daily.
Whether it is watermelon carving and sampling, a quilting demonstration or a Nokona baseball glove-making demonstration, there’s something going on at the Food and Fiber Pavilion daily. Check http://www.bigtex.com for details.
6Music to salute to
Attention, please. Straight out of Washington, D.C., comes the United States Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps. The musicians play afternoon shows at Marine Corps Square and in the evening parade, Friday through Oct. 11.